Having worked as a designer since 1993, I have always found delight in creative pursuits. After completing my degree in Fashion at Kingston University, I have worked for many high-profile companies, including Levi’s, Patagonia, The North Face and the Gap. Travel played a significant part in my work, visiting different countries for inspiration and production were quarterly events. After a time, I took a creative sabbatical of personal travel, visiting rich sacred landscapes and engaging with local medicine workers, healers and artisans.
In 2008 a friend introduced me to Ayurveda. I was intrigued. A year later, I visited Kerala, India for a work trip and fell in love with the culture, that trip had a profound effect and was the start of a soul-searching journey towards Ayurveda and alternative medicine. In 2011, I returned to India for a personal retreat at an ayurvedic hospital. The effects were profound.
Not long after this, I embarked on a 10-month part-time certification as an Ayurvedic Health Counsellor at Mount Madonna Institute of Ayurveda in California. I was dipping my toe into what would become my passion and reshape my outlook on life and my health. It was here that I was first introduced to my teacher Dr Vasant Lad, renowned Ayurvedic physician and author.
After completing my health counsellor certification, I knew I needed more. Ayurveda, like all Vedic sciences, is a vast subject and lifelong learning. I was hungry for knowledge and decided to leave my 20-year career in fashion to study full time with Dr Vasant Lad at the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico, where I completed my Ayurvedic practitioner certification and Yoga teacher training. During my time there, I was introduced to Jyotish astrology, a sister science to Ayurveda and Vastu the yoga of space.
At the end of my final year, I became pregnant with my daughter. I followed all of the ayurvedic protocols during my pregnancy and post-partum regime, all to the most positive and enriching effect. To augment my personal experience, I continued my studies in Ayurvedic obstetrics with Dr Amruta Athale, founder of the Arya Ayurveda Institute in Pune, India.